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Extension of Expiration Dates for Three Body System Listings
Document Number: 2020-10506
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Low Birth Weight and Failure to Thrive, Endocrine Disorders, and Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Diseases). We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2020-09580
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2020-09074
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify an existing system of records entitled, Parking Management Record System, 60-0230, last published in full January 11, 2006. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-08927
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2020-07347
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). OCSE will provide SSA with quarterly wage and unemployment insurance information located in the National Directory of New Hires to allow SSA to determine eligibility of applicants for Extra Help (low-income subsidy assistance) under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003. This agreement assists SSA in determining eligibility of applicants for Extra Help; redetermining eligibility of existing Extra Help beneficiaries during periodic screening, and administering the Extra Help program.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-07183
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-06277
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Information Collection; Improving Customer Experience (OMB Circular A-11, Section 280 Implementation)
Document Number: 2020-05636
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
As part of the Administration's commitment to improving customer service delivery, the following proposed Information Collection Request ``Improving Customer Experience (OMB Circular A-11, Section 280 Implementation)'' is pending at the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration will submit it to OMB for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et. seq.) within 60 days from the date of this notice.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-04807
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Ruling, SSR 20-01p: How We Determine an Individual's Education Category
Document Number: 2020-04668
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are providing notice of SSR 20-01p. This Ruling explains how we determine an individual's education category in adult disability claims under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act.
Notice Announcing Addresses for Service of Process
Document Number: 2020-04246
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Our Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for processing and handling summonses and complaints in lawsuits involving judicial review of our final decisions on individual claims for benefits under titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act), and individual claims for a Medicare Part D subsidy under title XVIII of the Act. This notice sets out the names and current addresses of those offices and the jurisdictions for which each office has responsibility.
Announcing Our Guidance Document Portal
Document Number: 2020-04177
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This notice announces our new guidance document portal established under Executive Order 13891, ``Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents'' (E.O. 13891) and the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) memorandum, M-20-02, ``Guidance Implementing Executive Order 13891, Titled 'Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents.' ''
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-03847
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-03669
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Rescission of Social Security Acquiescence Ruling 86-3(5)
Document Number: 2020-03201
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with 20 CFR 402.35(b)(2), 404.985(e)(4) and 416.1485(e)(4), the Commissioner of Social Security gives notice of the rescission of Social Security Acquiescence Ruling (AR) 86-3(5).
Removing Inability To Communicate in English as an Education Category
Document Number: 2020-03199
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are finalizing our proposed regulations to eliminate the education category ``inability to communicate in English'' when we evaluate disability claims for adults under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (the Act). This education category is no longer a useful indicator of an individual's educational attainment or of the vocational impact of an individual's education because of changes in the national workforce since we adopted the current rule more than 40 years ago. We expect that these revisions will help us better assess the vocational impact of education in the disability determination process.
Extension of Expiration Dates for Three Body System Listings
Document Number: 2020-03243
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Special Senses and Speech, Hematological Disorders, and Congenital Disorders That Affect Multiple Body Systems. We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
Advance Designation of Representative Payees for Social Security Beneficiaries
Document Number: 2020-02409
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are finalizing our proposed regulations specifying the information Social Security beneficiaries and applicants must provide to designate individuals as their possible representative payee in advance of our determination that the beneficiary needs a representative payee. These regulations additionally set forth how we will consider an individual's advance designation when we select a representative payee, and fulfill our obligation under 201 of the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2020-02176
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Acquiescence Ruling 19-1(6), Hicks v. Commissioner of Social Security: Disregarding Evidence During Redeterminations Under Sections 205(u) and 1631(e)(7) of the Social Security Act
Document Number: 2020-02114
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This Social Security AR explains how we will apply a holding in a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. We have determined that the court's holding conflicts with our interpretation of the provisions of the Social Security Act (Act) that require us to disregard evidence when we conduct a redetermination or make an initial determination of entitlement or eligibility, in cases in which there is a reason to believe that fraud or similar fault was involved in the providing of evidence.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2020-01531
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Department of the TreasuryInternal Revenue Service (IRS). This computer matching agreement sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which IRS will disclose to SSA certain return information for the purpose of verifying eligibility for the Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy (LIS) and determining the correct subsidy percentage of benefits provided under section 1860D-14 of the Social Security Act (Act).
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2020-00331
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify an existing system of records entitled, Financial Transactions of SSA Accounting and Finance Offices (60-0231), last published on January 11, 2006. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth below under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Notice on Penalty Inflation Adjustments for Civil Monetary Penalties
Document Number: 2020-00236
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration is giving notice of its updated maximum civil monetary penalties. These amounts are effective from January 15, 2020 through January 14, 2021. These figures represent an annual adjustment for inflation. The updated figures and notification are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (the 2015 Act).
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2019-28475
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-27664
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Hearings Held by Administrative Appeals Judges of the Appeals Council
Document Number: 2019-27019
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to revise our rules to clarify when and how administrative appeals judges (AAJ) on our Appeals Council may hold hearings and issue decisions. The Appeals Council already has the authority to hold hearings and issue decisions under our existing statute and regulations, but we have not exercised this authority or explained the circumstances under which it would be appropriate for the Appeals Council to assume responsibility for holding a hearing and issuing a decision. The proposed clarifications will ensure the Appeals Council is not limited in the type of claims for which it may hold hearings. We expect that these proposed rules will increase our adjudicative capacity when needed, allowing us to adjust more quickly to fluctuating short-term workloads, such as when an influx of cases reaches the hearings level. Our ability to utilize our limited resources more effectively will help us quickly optimize our hearings capacity, which in turn will allow us to continue to issue accurate, timely, high-quality decisions.
Setting the Manner for the Appearance of Parties and Witnesses at a Hearing
Document Number: 2019-27172
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are publishing a final rule we proposed in November 2018 regarding setting the time, place, and manner of appearance for hearings at the administrative law judge (ALJ) level of our administrative review process, with modifications. Our final rule states that we (the agency) will determine how parties and witnesses will appear at a hearing before an ALJ, and that we will set the time and place for the hearing accordingly. We will schedule the parties to a hearing to appear by video teleconference (VTC), in person, or, in limited circumstances, by telephone. Under this final rule, we will decide how parties and witnesses will appear at a hearing based on several factors, but the parties to a hearing will continue to have the ability to opt out of appearing by VTC at the ALJ hearings level. Finally, we are revising our rule to state that, at the ALJ hearing level, if we need to send an amended notice of hearing, or if we need to schedule a supplemental hearing, we will send the amended notice or notice of supplemental hearing at least 20 days before the date of the hearing. The date of hearing indicated in the amended notice or notice of supplemental hearing will be at least 75 days from the date we first sent the claimant a notice of hearing, unless the claimant has waived his or her right to advance notice.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2019-27010
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-16
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This computer matching agreement sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which DHS will disclose information to SSA in order to identify aliens who leave the United States voluntarily and aliens who are removed from the United States. These aliens may be subject to suspension of payments or nonpayment of benefits or both, and recovery of overpayments. SSA will use DHS data to determine if suspension of payments, nonpayments of benefits, or recovery of overpayments, is applicable.
Rate for Assessment on Direct Payment of Fees to Representatives in 2020
Document Number: 2019-26752
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are announcing that the assessment percentage rate under the Social Security Act (Act) is 6.3 percent for 2020.
Rules Regarding the Frequency and Notice of Continuing Disability Reviews; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2019-26485
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
On November 18, 2019, we published the proposed rule Rules Regarding the Frequency and Notice of Continuing Disability Reviews in the Federal Register, and solicited public comments. We provided a 60- day comment period ending January 17, 2020. We are extending the comment period for 15 days.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2019-26259
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-26148
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Extension of Expiration Dates for Five Body System Listings
Document Number: 2019-25635
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Musculoskeletal System, Cardiovascular System, Digestive System, Skin Disorders, and Immune System Disorders. We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
Advance Designation of Representative Payees for Social Security Beneficiaries
Document Number: 2019-25569
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018 (Strengthening Protections Act) requires us to promulgate regulations specifying the information Social Security beneficiaries and applicants must provide to designate a representative payee in advance of our determination that the beneficiary needs a representative payee. We propose to revise our rules to satisfy this requirement, and to specify that we will allow individuals to designate in advance one or more potential representative payees. We also explain how we propose to consider an individual's advance designation when we select a representative payee.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-25120
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Rules Regarding the Frequency and Notice of Continuing Disability Reviews
Document Number: 2019-24700
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to revise our regulations regarding when and how often we conduct continuing disability reviews (CDR), which are periodic reviews of eligibility required for benefit continuation. The proposed rules would add a category to the existing medical diary categories that we use to schedule CDRs and revise the criteria for assigning each of the medical diary categories to cases. The proposed rules would also change the frequency with which we perform a CDR for claims with the medical diary category for permanent impairments. The revised changes would ensure that we continue to maintain appropriate stewardship of the disability program and identify medical improvement (MI) at its earliest point.
National Disability Forum
Document Number: 2019-24833
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are announcing the fourteenth National Disability Forum. The purpose of this public forum is to obtain feedback from experts in their field on what impairments have a likelihood to improve. This forum will be moderated, and include up to five panelists presenting information on the topic. Additionally, there will be a combined question and answer session during which the panelists will address questions from those on site and received by email during the forum.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2019-24724
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This matching agreement establishes the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which CMS will disclose to SSA Medicare non-utilization information for Social Security Title II beneficiaries aged 90 and above. CMS will identify Medicare enrollees whose records have been inactive for three or more years. SSA will use this data as an indicator to select and prioritize cases for review to determine continued eligibility for benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act (Act). SSA will contact these individuals to verify ongoing eligibility. SSA will use this data for the purposes of fraud discovery and the analysis of fraud program operations; this agreement allows for SSA's Office of Anti-Fraud Programs (OAFP) to evaluate the data for the purposes of fraud detection. SSA will refer individual cases of suspected fraud, waste, or abuse to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for investigation.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2019-23750
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-31
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify an existing system of records entitled, Claims Folders System (60-0089), last published on April 1, 2003. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Notice Announcing Addresses for Service of Process
Document Number: 2019-23478
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Our Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for processing and handling summonses and complaints in lawsuits involving judicial review of our final decisions on individual claims for benefits under titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act), and individual claims for a Medicare Part D subsidy under title XVIII of the Act. This notice sets out the names and current addresses of those offices and the jurisdictions for which each office has responsibility.
Prohibiting Persons With Certain Criminal Convictions From Serving as Representative Payees; Correction
Document Number: 2019-23235
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
On February 15, 2019, we published final rules in the Federal Register to prohibit persons convicted of certain crimes from serving as representative payees under the Social Security Act (Act), as required by the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018. Those final rules inadvertently included two words in three places that should not have been there, and omitted one word in two sections of the rules. This document corrects the inadvertent inclusions and omissions in the final rules.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2019-23132
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Department of Labor (DOL). This matching agreement establishes the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which the DOL will disclose the DOL-administered Part B Black Lung (BL) benefit data to SSA. SSA will match DOL's Part B BL data with SSA's records of persons receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to verify that Part B BL beneficiaries are receiving the correct amount of SSI payments.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2019-23131
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Department of Labor (DOL). The matching agreement (agreement) establishes the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which DOL will disclose the DOL- administered Part C Black Lung (BL) benefit data to SSA. SSA will match DOL's Part C BL data with SSA's records of persons receiving Social Security disability benefits to verify that Part C BL beneficiaries are receiving the correct amount of Social Security disability benefits.
Cost-of-Living Increase and Other Determinations for 2020
Document Number: 2019-22921
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under title II of the Social Security Act (Act), there will be a 1.6 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits effective December 2019. In addition, the national average wage index for 2018 is $52,145.80. The cost-of-living increase and national average wage index affect other program parameters as described below.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2019-22158
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). The matching agreement (agreement) sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which VA/VBA will provide SSA with information necessary to: (1) Identify certain Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Special Veterans Benefit (SVB) recipients under Title XVI and Title VIII of the Social Security Act (Act), respectively, who receive VA-administered benefits; (2) determine the eligibility or amount of payment for SSI and SVB recipients; and (3) identify the income of individuals who may be eligible for Medicare cost-sharing assistance through the Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) as part of the agency's Medicare outreach efforts.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-21767
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Rules of Conduct and Standards of Responsibility for Appointed Representatives; Correction
Document Number: 2019-20446
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-09-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
On July 2, 2018, we published final rules in the Federal Register revising our rules of conduct and standards of responsibility for representatives. Those final rules reduced the amount of time to request Appeals Council review of a hearing officer's decision from 30 days to 14 business days, but we inadvertently failed to make the same change in the parallel sections of the CFR, which details when the Appeals Council will dismiss a request for review. This document corrects the omitted sections and makes our regulations consistent.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2019-20962
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-09-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). This matching agreement sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which RRB will disclose to SSA information necessary to verify an individual's self-certification of eligibility for the Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs program (Extra Help). It will also enable SSA to identify individuals who may qualify for Extra Help as part of the agency's Medicare outreach efforts.
Extension of Expiration Dates for Two Body System Listings
Document Number: 2019-20444
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-09-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Respiratory Disorders and Genitourinary Disorders. We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-19910
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-09-16
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions